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Nepal is a country in a league of its own with breathtakingly beautiful scenery, a fascinating culture and friendly people. Meeting the villagers whilst trekking through this landlocked gem of a nation is one of its greatest pleasures.
Our route takes us via the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar through beautiful valleys, dense forests and across glacial rivers before we reach the renowned viewpoint of Kalapatar, on the approach to Everest Base Camp, and see the highest mountain on the planet. We also have time to explore the colourful capital, Kathmandu.
Day 1: Depart UK for Kathmandu
Day 2: Arrive Kathmandu
Transfer to our hotel in the Thamel area. We have time to relax before dinner and a good night’s sleep.
Day 3: Kathmandu
After a full trip briefing, we head out into Kathmandu; a labyrinth of streets and markets, crowded with exotic produce and a mystifying blend of people.Take in some fantastic sights, such as Bodhnath and Swayambhunath; known as 'monkey-temples', these Buddhist temples are swathed in prayer-flags.
Day 4: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (Trek approx. 3 hours)
We take a stunning to Lukla, ‘Gateway to the Everest region'. We trek north down towards Phakding (2610m) along a meandering trail which is lined with mani stone walls, made with hundreds of stone tablets and giant carved boulders, some brilliantly decorated with brightly-coloured paints and believed by Buddhists to be sacred.
Day 5: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (Trek approx. 7-9 hours)
Head onwards and upwards as the trail starts to rise through a forest. Our target this evening is Namche Bazaar (3440m), a delightful mountain village and the Sherpa ‘capital’, an important meeting and trading point for the local people.
Day 6: Acclimatisation Day
A valuable acclimatisation day, we walk up to a great viewpoint to get our first sighting of Everest. We take in the local museum before heading up further, stopping at the highest hotel for a well-earned hot drink. The afternoon is free to explore the markets or happily laze in the sun.
Day 7 - 9: Namche Bazaar – Dingboche (Trek approx. 6 – 8 hours daily)
The mountain views start to open up, becoming more dramatic as the climb approaches the holy ground of Tengboche. From here, on a ridge above the much-photographed gompa (monastery) is a mountain vista with few equals: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kwangde and Kangtega all loom above us. We head up to the valley and reach the picturesque ‘summer village’ of Dingboche (4400m), where it is time to take another acclimatisation day.
Day 10 - 13: Dingboche – Base Camp – Gorakshep (Trek approx. 4 – 8 hours daily / Base Camp Day 9 – 11 hours)
Leaving Dingboche, the trails ascend gently but still the pace is easy. We reach Lobuche (4910m), an icy wilderness of stunning beauty. We stay here a night and then head to Gorakshep en-route to our goal of Everest Base Camp. Reaching the famous Base Camp rocks, we celebrate before heading back to Gorakshep for the night. If our legs allow, we rise early morning to trek up to the summit of Kalapatar (5545m) for spectacular sunrise views over Everest.
Day 14 - 16: Gorakshep – Namche – Lukla (Trek approx. 6 – 8 hours)
Retrace the trail with comparative ease. We visit Pengboche, home to Khumbu’s oldest gompa and yeti relics. On arrival in Lukla we celebrate our success and say our thanks to our local guides and porters.
Day 17: Lukla – Kathmandu
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, and spend the rest of the day sightseeing, exploring, shopping or just relaxing in Kathmandu’s numerous cafés and roof-top restaurants before spending the evening celebrating our achievements!
Day 18: Free Day
Explore Kathmandu further and make those last-minute purchases!
Day 19: Fly Kathmandu to London